Catch up on stories from the past week (and beyond) at the Slashdot story archive


Forgot your password?
Slashdot Deals: Deal of the Day - Pay What You Want for the Learn to Code Bundle, includes AngularJS, Python, HTML5, Ruby, and more. ×

Submission + - Goodbye MacDefender, welcome MacGuard, in hours... (

masterwit writes: From the article:
> Just hours after Apple updated a security update
> to protect Mac users against a rash of scareware
> attacks, a new variant began circulating that
> completely bypasses the malware-blocking
> measure.
I think some people predicted this in the comments of last article...this will be interesting to see how this plays out.

Feed Google News Sci Tech: Verizon website downtime reminiscent of AT&T iPhone preorder troubles - Appl (

Reuters UK

Verizon website downtime reminiscent of AT&T iPhone preorder troubles
Apple Insider
By AppleInsider Staff Strong interest in the newly announced Verizon iPhone appears to have caused intermittent outages on the Verizon website Tuesday, resembling AT&T's iPhone 4 preorder woes from last year. Scattered reports of downtime on the ...
Apple Goes CDMA, so What About an LTE iPhone?PC Magazine
Magid on Tech: Verizon evens the iPhone playing fieldSan Jose Mercury News
Recommended: iPad that runs on Verizon network coming, says
VentureBeat-DVICE-Washington Post
all 4,045 news articles

User Journal

Journal Journal: Happy New Year Everyone 9

I love you all, and hope that this year will be one that you will be able to look back on a couple of decades from now and say "that was when things started getting better."

Take care, and thanks for everything you've all done for me. I really appreciate it.

-- Barbie.

Submission + - Student Arrested for Airport Protest ( 1

An anonymous reader writes: Aaron Tobey, a 21-year-old student, was arrested for disorderly conduct after protesting the TSA screening rules at the Richmond International Airport. While in the screening line, he stripped down to a pair of running shorts and revealed that the text of the 4th Amendment was written on his chest in marker. Aaron has been questioned by the FBI, airport security and U.S. Marshals before being cited with disorderly conduct. His arraignment is on January 10th.

Real-Life Frogger Ends In Hospital Visit Screenshot-sm 314

BigSes writes "A 23-year old man has been hospitalized after police in South Carolina say he was hit by an SUV while playing a real-life version of the video game Frogger. Authorities said the 23-year-old man was taken to a hospital in Anderson after he was struck Monday evening. Before he was hit, police say the man had been discussing the game with his friends. Chief Jimmy Dixon says the man yelled 'go' and darted into oncoming traffic in the four-lane highway. Has it come time to ban some of the classics before someone else goes out and breaks a few bricks with their heads after eating a large mushroom?"

Submission + - Poll - You don't really know someone until ...

swedd writes: You don't really know someone until you:
* Face them in Street Fighter.
* Inspect their movie collection.
* Hack their home network.
* 6 pool zergling rush them.
* Survive the zombie apocalypse together.
* Peer review their code.

Submission + - The Science of High Heels (

Velcroman1 writes: How on Earth do women walk in high heels? Seriously now . . . shouldn't they tip over? The answer is simple: Science. "Many of my physicist colleagues have no trouble understanding quantum mechanics but can't figure out how women can wear high heels," admitted Dr. Laura Grant, a physicist from Liverpool University. And it turns out, there's a formula for that. In 2004, researchers at the University of Surrey devised an equation that uses shoe size, the Pythagorean theorem, and several sociological variables to calculate how high heels can safely go: h = Q x(12+3s /8) Variables in the equation include aesthetic appeal of the shoe, experience in wearing high heels, how many months the shoe has been in style, and even the amount of alcohol consumed. Really.

Submission + - Steve Jobs' WWDC Wi-Fi meltdown ( 1

GMGruman writes: Who'd a thunk it? Several thousand developers and reporters in one room, with more than 1,100 trying to tweet, blog, and file stories over Wi-Fi. So many in fact that Apple CEO Steve Jobs couldn't do his demo of the new iPhone 4, because he couldn't open the Web pages he wanted to show. InfoWorld's Galen Gruman was there (reporting over 3G, NOT Wi-FI!) and tells the tale.

J. P. Barlow — Internet Has Broken the Political System 773

MexiCali59 recommends an account up at Hillicon Valley on a speech by John Perry Barlow to the Personal Democracy Forum in New York. "The deluge of information available on the Web has made the country ungovernable, according to EFF co-founder John Perry Barlow. 'The political system is broken partly because of Internet,' Barlow said. 'It's made it impossible to govern anything the size of the nation-state. We're going back to the city-state. The nation-state is ungovernably information-rich.' ... Barlow said there is too much going on at every level in Washington, DC, for the government to effectively handle everything on its plate. Instead, he advocated citizens organizing around the issues most important to them. 'There is a circle of fat around the Beltway that is incredibly thick. We can no longer try to run this country from the center. We've got to run it, just like the Internet, from the edges.' Barlow also said that President Barack Obama's election, driven largely by small donations, has fundamentally changed American politics. He said a similar bottom-up structure is needed for governing as well. 'It's not the second coming, everything won't get better overnight, but that made it possible to see a future where it wasn't simply a matter of money to define who won these things. The government could finally start belonging to people eventually.'"

The trouble with money is it costs too much!